The AgStack Foundation, a project of the Linux Foundation, announced the initiation of a new sub-project aimed at creating an open-source digital remote sensing model for field-level carbon monitoring in agriculture and forestry. This step aligns with the foundation’s mission to bolster innovation in food and agriculture through scalable, reusable open-source digital infrastructure.
In light of the pressing issue of global climate change, it is crucial to implement methods to reduce carbon emissions and counteract the adverse effects of global warming. One potential solution is utilizing agricultural and forestry lands for carbon sequestration, which involves capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and storing it in underground reservoirs.
While public and private stakeholders have begun incentivizing this practice through carbon credit markets, the current measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) process presents particular challenges. It is mainly manual, costly, and only economically viable for larger growers and projects. To make a sustainable global impact, an MRV process that is transparent, efficient, and economically feasible for stakeholders of all sizes is needed.
The newly launched AgStack sub-project addresses this need by utilizing remote and in-field sensing for carbon MRV. In addition, the initiative will draw upon existing digital infrastructures, such as the geo-id, asset registry, and the open-source community, to develop models that scale down existing carbon sequestration models like NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) to the individual field level.
Participants in the sub-project can use these open-source models to compute parameters, such as carbon flux, from public or private data sources on their servers. They can then report back using the geo-id digital infrastructure maintained by AgStack.
In essence, this initiative by AgStack Foundation is a promising stride toward making carbon sequestration a more accessible and widespread practice. By reducing the cost and complexity of the MRV process, the foundation is addressing the pressing challenge of climate change and fostering the spirit of open-source solutions in the process.